un·​planned | \ ˌən-ˈpland How to pronounce unplanned (audio) \

Definition of unplanned

: not expected or intended : not planned an unplanned detour an unplanned pregnancy

Examples of unplanned in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Health professionals and women’s advocates also point to growing attention to birth control in a country where half of pregnancies had previously been unplanned. Washington Post, 3 Jan. 2022 Last week, sales dropped by 26% from the week prior, and three other shows announced unplanned closures. Lee Seymour, Forbes, 28 Dec. 2021 His first unplanned absence, due to COVID-19, could not have come at a worse time for the Minnesota Vikings. Dave Campbell, ajc, 31 Dec. 2021 Previously, the Magic Kingdom's Festival of Fantasy parade took an unplanned turn in 2018 when a giant mechanical dragon (inspired by the beastly form of Sleeping Beauty villain Maleficent) malfunctioned near the Liberty Square section of the park. Joey Nolfi, EW.com, 15 Dec. 2021 Despite containing all the signs of manufactured virality, Even-Esh’s Denver appearance was completely unplanned… well, as far as Fat Joe knew. Ethan Shanfeld, Variety, 28 Nov. 2021 Unsurprisingly, Texas is leading the way in compassionate care for women facing unplanned pregnancies, with state and private programs providing real assistance to meet their material and emotional needs. Marjorie Dannenfelser, National Review, 15 Sep. 2021 Numerous visitors to the Beijing Zoo got some unplanned face time with one of the park's panda residents. Kelli Bender, PEOPLE.com, 16 Dec. 2021 This divergence has created vast differences in health outcomes and turned the population of many states into unwitting human subjects of a large scale, unplanned experiment. Anjani Jain, Fortune, 15 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of unplanned

1775, in the meaning defined above

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17 Jan 2022

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“Unplanned.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unplanned. Accessed 26 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of unplanned

: not planned or expected

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